A weakened Eta moves on to Honduras with drenching rains

TEGUCIGalpa, Honduras (AP) — As a weakening tropical depression, Eta is passing over Honduras but still has intense rains which have been lethal in the east and north of the neighboring region. TEGUCIGALPA (AP)

The hurricane no longer pounded Nicaragua 's coast on Tuesday, and was so painfully moving that much rain stayed on the alert for much of Central America.

Eta had 35 mph (55 kph) and traveled west-northwest at the end of Wednesday at 7 mph (11 kph).

It was 115 miles south-east of La Ceiba (185 kilometres).

Long-term predictions required Eta to spin back into the Caribbean late Thursday, accompanied by a tropical storm on Sunday, and then reform to Cuba on Monday.

It was expected that heavy rain would persist over Honduras at least through Thursday as Eta continued north towards Tegucigalpa capital and northern San Pedro Sula.

Hundreds of residents had been forced to flood from their homes until the core of Eta entered Honduras.

Marvin Aparicio of Honduras' disaster response department said early Tuesday a 12-year-old girl died at a mudslide in San Pedro Sula.

Mayor Edy Chacón said a 15-year-old kid drowned in Sulaco 's central Honduran city on Wednesday to try to cross a rainy canal.

In Nicaragua and Honduras, the storm's mortality has hit at least four.

Wednesday Aparicio said that 379 houses, mostly flood waters, were lost.

38 towns were cut off by washed-off highways, and five bridges were swept away by flooded rivers throughout the region.

Karen Patricia Serrano, her partner and five children were among those saved.

Their home was filled with water from the River Lancetilla, and after Monday they were housed in a northern town of Tela.

The 32-year-old woman replied, 'We all lost.' "

"What we're going to do, I don't know.

It's 74 years old and my husband can't function due to his health.

She said, she referring to ducks, cats and dogs. I even lost my small animals.

In the same shelter were Óscar Armando Martínez Flores, his wife and seven children.

Their houses in the vicinity of the Lancetilla even flooded, and they only created their clothing.

Martinets said on Wednesday: "The rains started Monday and the river overflowed.

"To get everybody out when the houses were submerged the firefighter and officers."

Before the hurricane already Martínez was in desperate straits.

In eight months after the coronavirus pandemic started there, the building worker was unable to find jobs.

He sold tortillas in order to keep his family floating.

The head of meteorology at the Honduras Centre of Atmospheric, Oceanographic and Seismic Research, Francisco Argeñal, said he planned to spill from the banks more of Honduras' rivers.

U.S. National Hurricane Center estimates that Nicaragua and Honduras could get 15-25 inches (380–635 mm) of rain before Eta moves off, with 40 inches (1,000 mm) in some localized regions.

Eta left Nicaragua's destroying road, beginning at Bilwi, on the coast.

Civil defense brigades operated in Bilwi on Wednesday to clear downed streets of branches, power poles, and metal roofing sheets.

Any districts have been submerged completely.

In the regions impacted, more than 51,000 families remained without electricity, Vice President and first lady Rosario Murillo said.

Ivania Díaz, the Bilwi local government representative, said, "The debris teams have started to operate and we can't yet provide a sense of what has happened."

"We saw really modest households demolished entirely."

Two gold miners have been killed in landslides Tuesday by Lt. César Malespin, of Bonanza Fire Service, in the Nicaraguan city of Bonanza, some 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of where Eta landed.

Communities were still inundated in the northern province of Jinotega.

The bulk of the country's coffee supply, a vital export, lies in Northern Nicaragua.

Speaking of a situation where landslides can impact coffee plants and block roads necessary to bring the harvest to market, Lila Sevilla, chairman of National Alliance of Nicaraguan Coffee Producers, said they were concerned

"It's still early to determine the rain effect, but in northern towns we're likely to do harm to the road infrastructure."

The harvest is still not underway, but sustained rain could contribute to the maturity of coffee and its quality, she said.

This article was contributed by Associated Press writer Christopher Sherman in Mexico City.

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